Radioactivity Tuesday: Local businesses calling for more federal aid; Breaking down the St. Petersburg black vote

December 1, 2020 Good morning, welcome to Radioactivity.  I’m Rob Lorei. Coming up we’ll take a deep dive into the November 3rd election and look at voting trends among African Americans in St. Petersburg. But first – small businesses are still hurting because of the coronavirus pandemic. Earlier this year many stores, restaurants and bars were… Read more »

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Doctor from Tampa General Hospital talks about the latest coronavirus surge and what can be done

Here is a link to many coronavirus resources Florida will pass one million confirmed coronavirus infections this week. Nearly 19,000 Floridians have died. The virus is surging nearly everywhere in the U.S. One American is dying from COVID-19 on average every minute. On WMNF’s MidPoint we talked about the latest coronavirus news in Tampa Bay… Read more »

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Hillsborough County’s coronavirus update

Here is a link to many coronavirus resources Here’s the COVID-19 update for 16 November 2020 as provided by the  Hillsborough County Emergency Operations Center: Nov. 16 County Commission COVID-19 Summary: Resolution Advocates for Routine Staff Testing at Senior Care Facilities, Other Congregate Homes COVID-19 coronavirus Update No. 239 Hillsborough County, Fla. (Nov. 16, 2020)… Read more »


Hillsborough reminds people “COVID-19 Testing Remains Free”

Here is a link to many coronavirus resources Below is Hillsborough County’s coronavirus testing update for Tuesday: COVID-19 Testing Remains Free; Have Health Insurance Information Handy COVID-19 Coronavirus Update No. 235 Hillsborough County, Fla. (Oct. 27, 2020) – To ensure that Hillsborough County is following federal guidance on COVID-19 coronavirus testing, health insurance providers are… Read more »

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WMNF listeners share their opinions about coronavirus mask mandates – some responses will surprise you

Here is a link to many coronavirus resources There is a lot of debate about whether Tampa Bay area counties and cities should continue with ordinances mandating masks or other face coverings to slow the spread of coronavirus. On MidPoint we heard public comments from Pinellas County residents during a commission meeting earlier in September… Read more »


Sweden tried “Herd Immunity” to deal with Coronavirus; it resulted in a death rate many times larger than its neighbors.

Here is a link to many coronavirus resources There has been discussion about the success of Sweden’s “herd immunity” approach to the Coronavirus pandemic on WMNF/Radioactivity this week. Some listeners have claimed that the Swedish government’s plan has been successful. Below is a review of some COVID-19 data. It includes the two leading pandemic countries,… Read more »

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After hours of public comment, Pinellas County extends its local emergency, leaving mask mandate in place

Here is a link to many coronavirus resources After hours of public comment Tuesday, the Pinellas County Commission voted unanimously to extend the county’s local coronavirus emergency. The county’s rule requiring face coverings in public remains in place. Dozens of residents weighed in on both sides of the mask issue. Largo resident Virginia Frizzle wants… Read more »


Judge’s order against Florida’s mandate to reopen schools is back in effect; Hillsborough School Board holds emergency meeting Friday morning

Here is a link to many coronavirus resources On Thursday a judge lifted a stay on his ruling against Florida’s order for schools to open to in-person instruction this month. On its Facebook page, the Florida Education Association says this means that local school districts can make reopening decisions based upon safety considerations, not on… Read more »


Hillsborough County approaches 100,000th test for coronavirus

Here is a link to many coronavirus resources The Hillsborough County Emergency Operations Center announced in a press release Tuesday that the county is expected to pass the mark of 100,000 tests for coronavirus this week. According to the state’s official COVID-19 dashboard, 35,802 Hillsborough residents have tested positive, resulting in 1,618 hospitalizations and 534 deaths… Read more »


Here’s a list of Saturday “pop up” coronavirus testing sites in Pinellas County

Here is a link to many coronavirus resources UPDATE: Due to weather considerations related to Tropical Storm Laura, the pop-up testing event at the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Center, 1200 Douglas Ave., Clearwater, has been canceled for Saturday, Aug. 22. Below is coronavirus testing site information provided by the Florida Department of Health in… Read more »

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Legislators want compassionate release because of coronavirus in Florida prisons

Here is a link to many coronavirus resources More than 13,000 Florida prisoners have tested positive for coronavirus. There are more than 2,000 confirmed cases among staff within Florida’s correctional facilities. We hear from several state legislators and from a justice advocate about this crisis in Florida prisons. They want the governor to release many… Read more »

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Here’s how Hillsborough residents can get a free test for coronavirus antibodies

Here is a link to many coronavirus resources Today, Hillsborough County announced that all residents can get a free test for coronavirus antibodies. Below is the full email from the Hillsborough County Emergency Operations Center: Beginning Friday, Aug. 14, Hillsborough County residents will be able to receive free testing for antibodies to the COVID-19 coronavirus…. Read more »